Hello, hope you’re all well? This weather has been insane hasn’t it? Bring on a little overcast I say. I thought I’d best update my latest little spin off series, the marathon diary with the latest news and share my thoughts and feelings on the training process so far.
Last week was interesting I have to say. I cried, I cried a lot.
I made some massive decisions regarding my future and whether running a marathon was a goal that I could actually achieve.
I’ve become a part of a few new campaigns and I am super excited.
I also uploaded my first bit of video content to Instagram. Okay it wasn’t amazing but it’s a small start and hopefully a sign of things to come.
We’ll start with the running then shall we as that is the main topic of the blog category.
Running, I love it.
I also really struggle sometimes as I have a tendency to push too hard, injure myself and then end up sitting with my feet up for months.
So this time I’m doing it properly. I’m taking my time, taking it one step at a time and not putting too much pressure on myself. At the end of the day I’ve got at least 11 months to get ready for a marathon. So let’s take it easy hey.
I ran on Monday for around 20 minutes and then came to realise that my head was against me. I left the gym earlier then anticipated and sat in the car waiting for Ben while internally arguing with myself about how I just “gave up”.
Later the tears came and I was so angry at myself for letting my mind and mental health get to me this way.
I decided that I was going to the gym for the wrong reasons. I didn’t enjoy running on a treadmill and staring at a blank wall. I made the decision to cut my gym membership ties and go it alone on the road. So I did.
Trying to train for a marathon is tough at the best of times so imagine throwing in your own mind, mental health, leg pain from previous injuries, a severe skin flare up and now (As I’ve realised) PMS. Not the best combination although one that can be conquered.
I got to Wednesday and without a membership to the gym I had to go out and have my first outdoor run in well over 6 months and I tell you what, I LOVED it. It also felt really good after my Monday meltdown to know that I can still get out and beat my mind when it’s screaming at me not to do it.
I managed a nice easy run/walk pace of 2.1 miles and this was just enough to get my heart rate up and my legs awakened ready for some pushing over the next few weeks.
My daughter Lucy came with my on the Thursday and again we ran 2.1 miles around the lake near our house to see if we could improve on time from the day before. We did, by about 40 seconds. Progress is progress.
Now I have had a couple of busy days with birthday parties and the likes so Monday will see me return to running and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to run up to the standard 3.1 miles in a fairly good time like the good old days.
Campaigns of the moment
So I’ve just finished working with a couple of amazing companies. Project E2 and UpFull have been a pleasure to work with and I’ve really enjoyed taking part, creating content for them and getting involved in their latest adventures, so thank you for allowing me to be a part of that!
The latest campaign has got me all excited too. 361 degrees have got a new release, the “sensation 3” training shoe has recently been launched and I was one of the first people to get my feet on them!
If you know me, you’ll know I have developed a bit of an addiction to running trainers so of course this campaign is pure perfection for me.
I’m looking forward to putting the shoes through their paces in my marathon training and partnering with 361 going forwards to create some beautiful content for my blog, my readers and their audience too.
I’ve also enjoyed spending more time out and about creating fun content too. If you head over to my Instagram, although there is a lack of theme, as has always been the case. I love the happy, vibrant, family orientated mood of the place and would love you to stick around. Plus we all know how hard the gram is right now so a little support would mean the world to me.
Have you been training for a race? Or just thought you’d pop past for a little read? I’d really like to know how you overcome your mental health, thoughts and fears when it comes to training or exercising.
– Emma Allen –
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